This Point Vicente wedding is one of the most special weddings I’ve ever shot. So I was both humbled and excited when Shang asked me to be her wedding photographer. She is a very good friend of mine, and she also happens to be one amazing wedding photographer (She’s been my photographer as well — when she was in Vegas a few years ago, she took amazing pics of Frank and me for our anniversary shoot). I actually got into wedding photography from assisting and then second shooting for her when we both lived in Boston. I honestly couldn’t have launched my own wedding photography business without her!!
They met in business school and slowly their friendship grew into a serious relationship. But after business school they ended up on opposite sides of the country to pursue their careers. The long distance was hard but they got through it with lots of red eye travel. They got engaged in Sonoma, where R had researched and planned the perfect proposal by a picturesque overlook. Shang had no clue the proposal was coming and begrudgingly (haha her word not mine!) hiked a mile up a hill, and in pain because she was not wearing the right shoes, to reach this overlook. When they finally made it up the hill, disappointingly it was just a view of a road with shrubs. R still proposed and also mentioned that he just received multiple job offers the day before. So the stars aligned and it was proof from God that everything was meant to be.
Shang and R actually both live on the East Coast now (yay no more long distance!) but they got married in Southern California, where most of R’s family lives. I never shot a destination wedding in Southern California so I was extremely excited to make the trip and also finally meeting Shang’s man in person!
We started the morning getting ready at the beautiful Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. Isn’t the view gorgeous?!
Shang is super talented and did her own hair and makeup!
I’m in love with Shang’s engagement ring. The pink matches perfectly with Shang’s bouquet. And can I tell you that I’m in love with her stunning bouquet against her gorgeous Vera Wang dress?! I’m a huge fan of Shelley Anders of Primal Flower!
Shang scheduled 2 hours for portraits into the wedding timeline and then another half hour for sunset photos, so I was excited about all the bride and groom portraits we were going to do. Usually I don’t get the luxury of photographing my couples for so long, and I wished it happened more often! We took these all at Pointe Vicente Park – the views are just breathtaking here.
Sorry, but I have to include more pics of Shang’s bouquet because I love it so much!
Cathedral length veils are so fun to play with!
Ha this photo cracks me up! Shang is cracking up and you can tell her man is just about to break into a laugh.
The ceremony site an amphitheater overlooking the ocean, so there was no traditional aisle. It was different and fun!
R’s side is ethnically Jewish, so they incorporated a lot of Jewish elements into the ceremony like walking around the groom seven times and the veiling of the bride. This is one of my favorite images of the day!
Breaking of the glass! One of my favorite parts of a Jewish ceremony is hearing that glass break!
The reception was beautifully decorated with purple linens and the soft pastels of the centerpieces. The tables fanned out from the sweetheart table. Naydia of Naydia Events was there to oversee that everything was perfect.
We took a few more portraits at sunset, and then ate an incredible meal by Summit Events. Congrats Shang and R!
Here’s a slideshow if you’d like to see more images from the wedding!
Shang + R from Emily Ku on Vimeo.
Wedding coordinator: Narimay Events
Getting ready: Terranea Resort
Ceremony and reception site: Point Vicente Interpretive Center
Floral: Primal Flower
Caterer: Summit Events
Dress: Vera Wang